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Is there a problem of Yichud in the elevator?

(especially considering there's a possibility that the elevator may get stuck)

[and specifically those without cameras]

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Quoting from this website,

Some Poskim prohibit Yichud in an elevator. However, the opinion of most Poskim is that it is permitted as long as the elevator may be stopped on any floor by those wishing to enter. This would apply in office and apartment buildings and other public buildings during the day and early hours of the night. However, late at night or very early in the morning, one should be stringent. It is certainly a middas chassidus to avoid Yichud in an elevator wherever possible.

(See the link for sources.)

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What about the possibility that the elevator may get stuck? – yydl May 24 '11 at 18:22
@yydl, One should also bring his tefillin along on elevators in case it gets stuck for the whole day. :) – jake May 24 '11 at 18:32
@jake I think it's safe to presume that an elevator won't be stuck for that long. But for 5-10 minutes is highly reasonable (until the fire department / repair people get there...). – yydl May 24 '11 at 18:36
According to this, "As for the odds of getting stuck in an elevator. They're about once in a lifetime for the average person using elevators on a daily basis." – jake May 24 '11 at 18:50
@yydl, I'm no posek, but I'd say ones rachmana patrei. It's unlikely enough that the elevator will get stuck, that such a situation would be considered a freak accident. – Shaul Behr May 24 '11 at 19:29

The shiur yichud is longer than an elevator ride, so it shouldn't be a problem. See this site which has a short discussion of it: http://koltorah.org/ravj/The%20Yichud%20Prohibition%20-%20Part%202.htm

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This assumes one is permitted to enter into a yichud situation for less than the shiur. Not everyone agrees this is permitted. – Barry May 24 '11 at 16:26
What about the possibility that the elevator may get stuck? – yydl May 24 '11 at 18:23
That doesn't happen very frequently. I don't think you need to worry about such remote possibilities in halacha. – Ariel K May 24 '11 at 23:40

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